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DTW: least sucky restaurant in RO

Wait....It's Royal Oak? Oh my. All these years I thought it was actually Royal Joke.
I like Lilly's but service can be dismal. I think I'd opt for a coffee and a pastry from Astoria Pastry shop and then head over to Telway for a healthy late night bomb after the show.

Mar 21, 2014
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Stella Trattoria Traverse City MI

La Becasse just doesn't get nearly enough Love. One of the best kept secrets of the area.
For me Stella is ok but I also find being in a State Mental Hospital not the most enticing venue.

Mar 21, 2014
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

"Falk SS also pits waaaay to easy."
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Just an update on the pitting stock pot saga. Another few months have gone by with minimal use and I now have 8-10 very visible pits on the SS bottom of the stock pot that's roughly 1 year old. In many years of running Professional kitchens and handling a lot of Copper I have never seen any SS deteriorate like this. The last I posted on the topic I was still reluctant to call it defective but that does appear to be the case. It looks like I will get to find out if all the touting about a great new US distributor with improved customer service is true.
Wish me luck!

Mar 18, 2014
TraderJoe in Cookware

What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

WOW! That 12.5" Sautee is SCHWEET!

Jan 01, 2014
TraderJoe in Cookware
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What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

"All Mauvial frying pans have these rough circular scratch-patterns on the inside. I have frying pans from all three brands. Bourgeat and Falk are smooth"

Falk SS is a satin finish which sticks far more than Mauviel. Also while Mauviel does indeed have a visible circular pattern in the SS you can not feel it nor is it "rough". Falk SS also pits waaaay to easy.
Pros and cons to each but with SS lining Mauviel for me is the clear winner not to mention vastly better customer service and a warranty that actually is..... a warranty!
I'm very glad to hear Brooklyn Copper may be an option again.

Dec 31, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Northern Lakes & Seafood; Relocated to Troy, MI

Same old tired property with another establishment destined for failure. Prices are way too high and quality is just not there. They seem to think they are still in Birmingham but this area took a significant hit in business when the economy turned several years ago. The traffic count is just no longer here to support these prices in this location.
Food and service were just ok for us. I left missing the good old days with the previous establishment.
A lot of tuting for Zingerman's Cheese but the olny other local product I noticed was Michigan pond raised shrimp.

Dec 31, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Chow Worthy Dining on Disney Property

"I haven't been to La Luce"

Save your $$. Service and food quality were dismal and Bull and Bear is next door in the Waldorf which is easilly the stand out restaurant in the entire area.
I have to agree on Jiko. OK but underwhelming.
I think "stagnant" is a poor descriptive for FF unless you've been there several times. Food is very good as is the service.
While I don't have uber-high expectations at Disney food quality overall is pretty amazing for a theme park.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Florida

Best restaurants in Orlando Disney area (in & out of resort)?

Bull and Bear is truly the stand out for us.
The Ravenous Pig and Cask and larder are no where near the Disney area.
I would not suggest La Lucce or any of the restaurants in the Hilton. We just returned from there. Dismal is an appropriate description for food quality.
Some one suggested Norman's and I would second that but only if you are staying at the Ritz or JW Marriott. If you stay there then the Vineyard is very good as well and a lot less foo-foo.
Avoid Primo @ the Marriott.
On Disney property the Flying Fish at the boardwalk is always good for us as well as Le Cellier in Epcot or Narcoosees at the Grand Floridian (make ADR's for Disney well in advance!)
There's a plethora of choices at down town Disney. If you are visiting the parks there's just no need to run all over the city as there really are lots of good choices close by.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Florida

Where not to eat in Orlando

Sounds like some one had a bad day. Poo doo happens. It shouldn't...but it does.
We've had many fine meals at Emeril's in Orlando. No it's not the best the city has to offer nor is it the best establishment of Chef Emeril's, but for us both service and food have been solid.
I will say we do prefer TChoup Chop and it's very close to Emeril's.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Florida

Why BKF and not Bon Ami?

This topic gets more play than it's worth. These products are both dirt cheap. Bon Ami is about a buck a can here and a much larger can of BKF is $2. Just buy them and try them.
For me Bon-ami belongs in the waste bin. I see no use for it. Trying to clean copper or SS cookware with it is an effort in futility unless you want to rub-a-dub-dub for an hour with nominal results. If you are worried about scratching BKF now has liquid copper cleaner. It's more $$ and if you scrub hard it will scratch just like the powder although not as rapidly. Unlike another poster I've had zero issues with the liquid staining cloths dish towels etc but I will not buy the liquid again. It's just more expensive.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Mauviel - Cast Iron Handle (Worth It?)

3mm Mauviel rondeau-Bronze handles.

http://www.williams-sonoma.com/produc...

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Mauviel - Cast Iron Handle (Worth It?)

You should send that set back. That's not the norm. Any handle that's crooked is going to be a nuisance (IMO).
I'm very pleased with all the Mauviel M250 I've purchased in the last year with cast iron handles however I did have to send one piece back as the handle came crooked with a gap. I've not seen any with burrs or a poor finish as they now have some sort of coating on them that seals the cast Iron. While I still prefer the bronze handles I see no issues with the cast Iron on Mauviel.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Mauviel Copper - Restrictions on Heat

Has anyone else noticed the very poor quality in the cast iron handles on the mauviel 250c?
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Over the last year I've purchased several M250 pieces. I had one with a lousy handle (crooked with a gap) that I sent back. The others came in just fine. The F&F is vastly better than the Falk cast iron and at least with Mauviel if you get a bad sample any reputable dealer will let you return or exhange it.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Mauviel Copper - Restrictions on Heat

"I think wafer thin is an unfair assessment"

I think if you had any of the current Mazzetti 3mm cookware you would quickly agree the lids are wafer thin. I'd venture a guess they are 1/2 as thick as the Mauviel lids with ease.
@ roycey I have not had any issues with the Mazzetti lid but I rarely use it. It's thin enough that if you dropped it on the floor on edge it would be very damaged. It's not suitable for making rice etc but will work fine for finishing a dish and you want to put the lid on to hold your product as it rests.

Dec 27, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Falk Review

"As I read through the thread, it looks like the prior distributor made him an offer which he declined regarding the saucepan"
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Some time has passed since those events and I have not gone back and re-read every post. However I do believe I posted that Mr. Harp put forth an offer on the Saucepan that was accepted.
I no longer own that piece.
I 've only just read the offer on the stock pot. In all fairness at this point I'm a bit on the fence about calling the pot "Defective" with two "pops" or "pits".
Disappointing-Yes.
Disconcerting-Yes
If this is a problem that persists to the point that several pits develop then I would contact Falk.
Again that pot has seen very light use and there's zero chance those are salt pits.

Nov 29, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

"But they're all pretty terrific pans"

This is spot on. The rest is just niggelong between preferences. I also prefer the brushed exterior of Falk but I'm not a fan of the brushed Falk interior. The biggest issue for me is the pitting of the SS on Falk.
Then again I have a few niggles about the other brands as well. I'm glad to own each brand and each has it's own strength and weakness.

Nov 29, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Falk Review

I've no idea if it's a widespread problem. what I do know is I have a $500 stock pot that's less than a year old with two noticeable pits in the bottom. They are odd shaped and resemble "Pops" more than pits. This is an issue that others have brought up here in the past with Falk but IIR the thought process was that this is from salt.
In either event it's disconcerting at best. I'm glad to hear Falk is working on their site.
@ Kaleo, it's good to see you are still here. My Mazzetti is getting much love. I'm off to London in the spring and hope to search some shops for old copper while there. In regards to the alloy I'm right there with you. I see this a lot like knives. There's VG10...and then there's Hitachi G3. Both SS but with very different properties. I'm just baffled by the pitting. Maybe some day we'll get ......The rest of the story. Until then if we don't speak again I hope you and yours and every one else at CH has a Happy Turkey day. Believe it or not it's snowing here in SE Mi....YIKES!

Nov 11, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware
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Falk Review

I'll just do a brief follow up here. A lot of chit-chat has taken place over time about the SS in Falk Vs Mauviel. Here's what I can say for a fact. I have SS line Mauviel pieces that are a solid 15+ years old. No pitting in the SS.
The Falk stock pot I have is now roughly ten months old. It is lightly used and well cared for. So far there are two very visible pits right in the bottom of the pot in the SS. The bonding process of Falks satin SS is either defective or they are using inferior SS. By inferior I mean I suspect Falk SS has impurities in the metal which cause the "pops" or pits in the SS on the bottom where it takes the most heat.
As far as Falk not rounding off the Measurements I think we've proven that's not accurate.
Sorry to see that neither their math or the return policy has improved.

Nov 11, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Bourdain in Detroit: Coneys at Duley’s. Oxtail at Full Belly’s. BBQ at Vickies.

Another yawner from Bourdain. I can't believe any one fixates on factories that closed 60+ years ago. Like those don't exist in every majory city in the US.
So many great places to eat, such culteral diversity and amazing resiliance and what do we get? Cooking with Krab.
Not even a mention of the Eastern Market. Hey I guess I shouldn't complain. Last time he was here 95% of the footage wasn't even filmed in Detroit.

Nov 11, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Best Fudge Store On Mackinaw Island

Rybas, Murdicks or Kilwinn's are all exceptional. You can't go wrong aside from looking like a fudgie. ;)
I have no idea what a fake Macadamia nut is but I've been to all of the shops listed many times and I've never seen any of them use any thing other than genuine nuts.

Jun 24, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Detroit - 3 days in July

All kidding aside I would NEVER send an out of town guest to Inkster. That's not an area for tourists to wander especially after dark on a weekend.
There are lots of good spots downtown as others have mentioned. The Eastern Market, Slows BBQ, Supino's Pizza,
Lafayette Coney Island. It's a long list. Greektown is fun and safe as is Mexican Village as long as you stay on the beaten path.
Hopefully since you are in Dearborn your visit will include The Henry Ford/Greenfield Village. The food there is often over looked and frankly pretty darn good. I've yet to find a better frozen custard any where.

Jun 17, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

DTW: Source for raw chicken skins

If any one heads to the Eastern Market in warm weather to pick up Chicken skins I'd suggest taking a cooler as they can go bad very fast.

Jun 17, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Detroit Slider review revisited

Gotta love a Bates bomb but for brevity sake (not to mention your health) I'd start and end at Telway.
It is just that good.

Jun 17, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Mauviel Hammered Copper Rondeau

I prefer SS. It's just more forgiving and it's getting harder and harder to find some one to re-tin at a fair price and do a good job.
However for all the chitter chatter about SS Vs Tin the difference (as long as you take care of your cookware) is not much.
Use it. Enjoy it. If by chance you change your mind in the future they are easy to sell on eBay.

Jun 10, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Do hidden gems exist in Mid-Michigan? (No worthy stops en route up north.)

"Vivio's - Indian River"

A good spot for pan fried Lake Perch as well. However Indian River is no where near mid Mi.

Jun 10, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes

Are Calphalon Pans Really Worth It?

"Are Calphalon Pans Really Worth It?"

Not IMO any more. They used 2B but the quality has really gone down hill over the last several years.
A real shame. A lot of their cokware is no longer made in the US either. ;(

Tj

Jun 10, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Mauviel Hammered Copper Rondeau

The 3mm Rondeau is, at least IMO the quintessential piece of Mauviel cookware. It would be a shame not to use it.

Tj

Jun 10, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

What copper cookware brand do you recommend (Mauviel or Falk)

"Falk definitely sticks food the least of the three"

That's not been my experience at all.
@Kaleo I agree the handles and rivets on Falk are tiny. Waaaay too small unless you have ooompa loompas in the kitchen.

May 31, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Falk Try Me - Opinions?

"The emergent problem with Falk is that they're less than honest about their pans' capacities, and they're poor at customer service--downright hostile at times"

+ $1,000

May 22, 2013
TraderJoe in Cookware

Traverse City, MI & Glen Arbor, MI casual dining spots?

TC- Scalawags for fried Whitefish
Bluetractor for BBQ.
Not a fan of Red Mesa but they have good drinks.
Amical is fairly casual as well.

May 04, 2013
TraderJoe in Great Lakes